Alan Moran: The Lockdown Strategy Called to Account – “From these estimates and viewed in hindsight, the policy response is excessive.” This analysis does not put a value on all the moral preening going on, though.

John Tierney: What Do We Clap For When We Clap For Government? – “The desire for communion with our fellows is inborn—but substituting allegiance to government for that urge has its perils.”

“We’re all reveling in the joy of “encompassment,” as the economist Daniel Klein terms this primal yearning to share an emotion that involves everyone around us. When we sing in church or cheer at a football game, we tap into that same feeling experienced by ancient hunter-gatherers as they chanted and danced around the campfire.

I hate to think of the price to be paid long after the clapping stops. That bill will encompass us all, too.

John Kass: The Kavanaugh-Biden double standard and an appalling lack of curiosity over Michael Flynn – “Those two stories, the one about Biden and Kavanaugh and the other about Mike Flynn, protrude from the skin like jagged bones, and painfully tell you what you need to know.

Eileen F. Toplansky: Big Tech is Strangling Us – “How ironic that the 1984 iconic advertisement that Apple used to introduce the Macintosh computer “played on imagery from George Orwell’s 1984 novella [sic] presenting Apple as rebels fighting a technocratic elite.” … “How things have changed as the tech giants have morphed into near-totalitarian giants controlling far too much of our lives. Like serfs, we bend to their will or are punished.”

“Moreover, state and federal governments are now preparing to hire “contact tracers.” Also known as “disease detectives,” contact tracers notify people by phone, e-mail, or social media platforms [my emphasis] that they may have had “sustained contact” to someone who has the coronavirus. … Given those who sponsor this program, is it prudent to inquire whether this information can eventually be used against Americans?

sundance: BREAKING – DOJ Finally Releases Less Redacted 2nd Scope Memo (Aug 2, 2017) – Still Missing 3rd Scope Memo (Oct 20,2017)… – “The second scope memo (full pdf here) authorized Robert Mueller to target Carter Page, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, and an unknown entity (Richard Gates, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn Jr. likely possibilities).

“The scope memos are important because when contrast against known evidence of investigative corruption the scope memos show how targets were selected by the Mueller team and approved by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Additionally, the scope memos show what actions Mueller’s corrupt investigative authorities were looking into.

John Hinderaker: Lawsuit Challenges Minnesota Shutdown Order – “The complaint is embedded in full below. I think it poses a formidable challenge to the governor’s blatantly discriminatory and unauthorized exercise of executive power.

Mike Wendland: Will there be resentment if I travel in my RV this summer? – “we think there will be resentment in some places about RV travel this summer because of fears over COVID-19. As we write this in early May of 2020, it’s very clear that some places will be not too happy to see RVers coming into their communities. Is some places, unnecessary travel is being discouraged by health and government leaders for the foreseeable future.

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